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Randall "Randy" David Griffith

52, passed away Tuesday, July 29, 2014 after a courageous battle with brain cancer.

Randy was born on February 11, 1962 in Indianapolis to Don and Elaine Griffith. Randy attended Ben Davis High School (Class of 1980) and was active in the marching band. He traveled to California and New York with the band and they earned many competition titles. He grew up with two siblings (Mark and Linda) and made many lifelong friends during his early years. Randy was an Eagle Scout and enjoyed being outdoors. He loved being in the woods especially after it had snowed. In 1986, Randy married Vicki Lynn Beck and they have two children, (twins) Tyler and Ashley.

Randy attended Purdue University and received his Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management. During his time at Purdue, Randy grew in his faith and committed his life to following the teachings of Jesus.

Randy worked at Methodist Hospital for 10 years. He spent the last 18 years of his career at St. Francis Hospitals where he most recently served as a Purchasing Agent for the Indy, Mooresville and the Carmel locations. Although it could be demanding at times, Randy enjoyed his work and was described as a great friend and wonderful supervisor by many of his coworkers. He was a very dedicated employee, taking so few days off work for vacation or sickness that he was able to receive his complete compensation for many months after his cancer diagnosis. This was a great comfort to Randy as he cared deeply about providing for his family.

Randy loved to spend time with his family. He loved to participate in any activity his children took part in. His smile was always the biggest when he was watching them. He enjoyed riding his bike, and logged many miles on long rides with his father, son and friends. He cared for his mother-in-law's property in Avon for many years, tending the large gardens and caring for the lawn. It was always his pleasure to serve others and he enjoyed the fruits and vegetables that grew under his care. He shared his love of gardening and the outdoors with his father. Randy's most beloved pastime was studying the Bible and writing Bible curriculum. He was especially adept at seeing how each event in the Bible pointed toward the coming of Christ. Randy loved to play the piano often composing music of his own.

Randy is survived by his wife Vicki Griffith (Beck) and their two children, Tyler Griffith and Ashley Griffith. His parents, Don and Elaine Griffith, and his two siblings Linda Griffith (Cook) and Mark (Cheryl) Griffith also survive him. Randy has five nieces and nephews; Austin Cook, Kindra (Taylor) Keller, Niccole Griffith, Alex Griffith and James Cook. His grandparents, two uncles, two aunts, and three cousins preceded Randy in death. Randy enjoyed studying his genealogy and has gifted his family with a wonderful written history of their ancestors.

A celebration of Randy's life will be held at Chapel Rock Christian Church, located at 2020 North Girls School Road, Indianapolis, 46214. Visitation will be Monday, August 4th from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the church. The celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, August 5th at 11 a.m. with a visitation from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. A graveside service will follow at West Ridge Park, 9295 W. 21st Street, 46234.

Memorial contributions may be made to:

The Gathering Together, 147 N. Center Street, Plainfield, IN, 46168. Randy spent his final days in the loving care of this non-profit hospice ministry and his family is very thankful for this time with him and his peaceful passing. They would especially like to thank Rita Florentino and the volunteers who made them all feel like they were home.

Randy's family would also like to thank the Homebuilders Sunday School Class from Chapel Rock Christian Church for their love and support.

Randy was a loving husband and father, a dedicated son, an amazing brother, a wonderful uncle and a compassionate friend. He loved the Lord and always put others first. His was a life well lived.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Conkle Funeral Home, Speedway Chapel.

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Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Aug. 3, 2014
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